Below is a scene from Maids of Misfortune in which the reader meets these two characters for the first time. Annie has had disturbing news that morning and is sitting in the kitchen getting comfort from having Queenie in her lap when Dandy comes in to the kitchen. She and her cook, Beatrice O’Rourke, are discussing whether they can let Jamie keep him.
Throughout my series, both Queenie and Dandy play these roles. Queenie usually gets to play straight-man to Dandy, but in my most recent book, Bloody Lessons, Queenie takes the stage all by herself.
Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
3rd in Series
File Size: 144 KB
Print Length: 313 pages
In Bloody Lessons, it’s the winter of 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters.
Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called into investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and the case becomes personal when they discover that Laura, Nate’s sister, may be one of the teachers targeted for attack.
In this installment in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, readers will find the same blend of a cozy mystery with romantic suspense, played out against the historical backdrop of late 19th century San Francisco, that they found in Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits.
If you are new to this series, you will still enjoy spending time with the lively residents of Annie Fuller’s boarding house and visiting San Francisco when Golden Gate Park was filled with horse-drawn carriages, saloon-keepers controlled politics, and kisses were stolen under gaslight.
About The Author:
M. Louisa Locke is a retired professor of U.S. and Women’s History, who has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. The published books in her series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco, Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and reluctant clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes, while her short stories, Dandy Detects and The Miss Moffets Mend a Marriage, give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries. Locke is an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, and a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative.
Website and blog: http://mlouisalocke.com